EGWs6uuBZ3pp-zGuVVdmeLgkJG4 Across the Avenue: How to: Prevent Burns While Cooking

How to: Prevent Burns While Cooking

Did you know that most accidental burns occur in the kitchen? While you’re probably not surprised by that statement, with Thanksgiving upon us, it’s all the more reason to take care when cooking a big holiday meal. There are several easy steps that we can take this holiday season to help prevent burns from happening to us or our loved ones. Check out these tips below:

  1. Keep pets out of the kitchen.
  2. Do not where loose clothing while cooking.
  3. If possible, pull your hair back while cooking.
  4. Keep hot items away from edges of counters and tables.
  5. Turn pot and pan handles toward the back or center of the stove.
  6. Place lids on hot items wherever possible, such as drinks and soups.
  7. Be aware of plug cords, keeping them away from cooking appliances.
  8. While cooking your holiday meal, stay in the kitchen to monitor the food.
  9. Keep objects such as utensils, dish towels, pot holders and containers away from cooking appliances.
  10. Keep children away from hot areas of the kitchen, such as stoves, ovens, kettles and coffee makers. If you aren’t able to keep them out of the kitchen completely, be sure they are kept to a safe area, such as a kitchen table or chair.

Fading Burn Scars
If you’re like my husband, you’ve already ended up with a burn scar or two from past holidays. (All the more reason to follow the tips above!) If you’re looking for a way to treat burn scars, old or new, check out Scar Away. There are three different options depending on the type of scar you have. 

For small scars, just about an inch or so, there are transparent Daily Discs. Think: curling iron burns. These discs are applied once daily and help to shrink, flatten, and fade scars to the color of surrounding skin. The discs themselves are nearly invisible, too. For bigger scars or those on body joints like knees and elbows, there are also Flex Long Sheets which do the same thing as the Discs. My brother just started using these for his keloid scar. The sheets are flexible, so it's not uncomfortable to wear them. There's also a custom sized scar treatment with the option of spreading on a cooling Repair Gel twice daily to help heal and fade irregular scars, or those in high visibility locations like on the neck or face. The real benefit to the gel is that it dries and make-up can be applied right over it.

Typically, it takes about two months or more for a scar to fade, so that's its less apparent to other people. For yourself, you'll notice the scar feels "softer" after only a day or two of treatment, and it will start to fade the first month. During the second month it really starts to noticeably blend into the skin.

Do you have any of your own tips for staying safe while cooking?

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Disclaimer: As always, our posts are our own, honest opinions and results, which may differ from yours.


  1. I have a scar from an accident. I would like to try something like these to see if I could fade it away. It's on my face and I am self conscious about it.

  2. We'd love to hear about your results! :)

  3. I'm going to have to look into this. All of us have little scars from different accidents! Thanks!

  4. Great tips! I would love to try this, I have a few scars I would like to get rid of.

  5. They are great tips.I am thinking about having these on hand since I do a lot of cooking and seem to get a few small burns from time to time on my hands.

  6. Good tips, especially with my clumsy self. :) I've used this stuff, it worked onmy scar on my knee.

  7. great tips! I also have a really bad burn scar in my arm that happened 5 years ago.